Saturday, 31 October 2015

Autumn Nails.



Recently a lovely lady from Born Pretty Store sent me some really pretty nail art pieces which I was very excited to try out! 

Ive not really used nail stickers before, so I expected the application to be really difficult, but I was pleasantly surprised at how easy it was. Personally I think they look so pretty! 



I was sent 7 small packs, most of which were flowers, which I had chosen, although one of them was little snowflakes and fawns - fawns are my absolute favourite animal! I shall be wearing these around Christmas time haha. 

Today I decided to use the flowers which looked the most Autumnal, because obviously we're well into Autumn at the minute; 


I decided to pair it with a white nail varnish, I think if I was to use a bold colour there would be too much going on, as the flowers are quite bright and theres a lot of them. 

I started by checking the instructions on the back of the packet, which I didn't understand at all. It was basically just a jumble of words, like someone didn't have much of an understanding of english, for example one of the instructions were; "Waterwet with a surface, ll turn pattern sliding surface moves to the satisfaction to shell of Angle" - so yep, that was reeeeeally helpful. 

I kind of just winged it, no idea if I did it right, but I tried to read between the lines of the instructions, and they turned out okay, so I think I did it right haha.


First of all I cut the pattern into small pieces to fit my nails, there was a guideline on the sheet, but my nails are tiny so I just cut where I needed to so I wouldn't waste so much. 

You then need a warm glass/bowl of water to hand, to apply them to your nails (once your nail varnish of choice is completely dry), dip the piece of card into the water for around 10 seconds, you then need to place it ontop of the nail, to which a thin film with the flowers attached will stick to your nail. It was almost like a really thin cling film, and it smells like the rubber rings you can buy on hot holidays haha. 





It stuck really well, but to be extra sure it wouldn't budge, I applied a top coat. I'm really impressed with how good it looks, I didn't expect big things if I'm honest, but it genuinely looks like I've painted the pattern on myself, wish I could actually take the credit for painting it on. 

I would 100% recommend trying the water sticker decals out for yourself, they have so so many different patterns to choose from, I found it very hard to choose!

Amazingly, the products are such a good price, ranging from $1.99 - $2.99, which for what your buying I think is a brilliant price!

If you're interested in trying them out for yourself, Born Pretty have provided me with a loooovely little 10% off code for you, just use the code PHCG10 to receive your money off! 


Not only will the 10% off code never expire, but it also includes free shipping. Which is so lovely of them!



If you happen to purchase any for yourself, please do let me know! id love to see what you choose! 




Sophxo



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Items in this post were kindly gifted to me for review by Born Pretty Store. All opinions are 100% truthful and my own, because lying just isn't cool.

Monday, 26 October 2015

Disney Phone Case.


The Sunday just gone was my 20th birthday, and I was very lucky to receive some seriously amazing gifts. I think my favourite out of the lot, and this was a pretty tough decision as I loved absolutely everything! was the Disney phone case, which my boyfriend got for me.

I absolutely had to share it with you, I've had so many comments and questions about it, so I thought I would do a post completely dedicated to it haha.

Pictures have been taken from my Instagram - sorry they aren't the best quality but hopefully you get the jist!







Originally I planned to buy this myself when payday came around, I sent a picture to Matt to show him how amazing it is, and he surprised me with it on my birthday. He's a gooden is Matt! I love how the whole case is drawn completely by hand, I wish I was so talented haha! Im not gunna lie, it is a little pricey, but for the quality its a million percent worth it. I recently dropped my phone, and destroyed it :( had I had this case on I genuinely think it might've survived, its a tough case - so it has a soft black surface on the inside, and it covers all sides/edges of your phone.

Anyway, if you were thinking of getting one yourself, make sure you have a look at the designers Instagram first, you can find that here. They have amazing designs, so I think choosing one will be pretty difficult! haha.

You can find this particular design here.


I hope you all had a really lovely weekend, and that Monday wasn't too painful for you!



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Thursday, 22 October 2015

Life Update. #2


I liked writing my last life update so much, so much so that Ive decided to do another! Not much has changed over the last almost 2 weeks, my life isn't very exciting. In fact, to reiterate this, I'm going to Asda on Saturday and I'm excited about this. Excitement over load. 

First of all apologies if this post makes no sense, currently have music on as I'm writing this, Im already typing what I'm singing, awkwardddd. Also apologies for my sarcastic humour - its coming out in a lot of my posts at the minute, not sure how I feel about this ahah.

Anyways, like I said nothing has actually changed/happened since my last update, so If you were wondering why I'm writing this post, don't because I haven't any answers haha. BUT! massive but, can we take a minute to appreciate how effing good American Horror Story is?! I'm only on the second series at the minute, I used to laugh at people who watched it because I assumed it was a shitty american thing, don't know why but I generally hate american murder mystery type of things, pretty little liars would be a big no from me. I now can't think of any others.. but there are many that I strongly dislike! haha, but I'm addicted to American Horror story at the moment!

Eeeeekkk its my birthday sunday! *pretends to be excited*. Ill be 20, and I really am not bothered. Which makes me sad because it shows I'm now a grown up, which I'm not cool with at all. I still feel about 14 years old, I dread the day I have to book appointments for myself or speak to important people on the phone, my mum still does all this for me ahah, because, well?!

Im not doing anything too exciting for my birthday, Im seeing my bestie on Saturday, Im sure I've mentioned him a gazillion times but his names Mac and he's coming back from Uni for a bit, he's been my best friend since we started nursery together, so 18 years he's put up with me, congratulations on that milestone Mac ahah, you've done yourself proud there! We're going to Asda so I can look at their homeware, I'm really sad aha. 

Sunday, the actual day of birth, Im going for a carvery with the family and the boyf, my family is huge so very rarely do we all get together, so I'm looking forward to this. :)

I've also booked the Monday off of work, initially me and Matt were going to stay over night somewhere but that isn't happening now so clueless as to what we'll do Monday - probably nothing and eat a shit load of dominos.. normal day for us haha.

Honestly, that's pretty much all I have to tell you! Im in a really good place at the minute, hopefully it stays!


Sophxo



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Sorry for the rambles, what even was this post?! no idea.

Thursday, 15 October 2015

Do You Reply To Comments?


Ok, so really random post. But this has been annoying me for so bleddy long! 


Today I read back through one of my blog posts, It was about 2 weeks old, and I noticed that there were at least  15 comments that I hadn't replied to, I'm always so on top of replying - but I remember at the time I was away in Cardiff, so I read the comments, uploaded a new post, and forgot about the comments I didn't reply to. 

As soon as I looked at the post and saw how many people I didn't reply to, didn't thank, I felt so bad, and so guilty for not acknowledging these lovely people who took a minute of their time to comment on my post. They didn't have to. They chose to. And I didn't reply. So off I went, replying, tapping away at my keyboard thanking everyone and apologising for being such an idiot for forgetting haha. But this honestly made me think a little - Im the type of person to always comment on blog posts, but I've started to notice that a fair few blogs I comment on, the comments just sit there without acknowledgement, and the people asking questions don't get their answers.

Now I know, that a lot of people get tonnes and tonnes of comments, and replying to every single one would just be ridiculous - But I think that if someone takes time out of their day to read your post, and comment on it, they at least deserve some sort comment back. 

Im not really too sure what the aim for this post was, I don't really think there was one, I think I just want to know what your opinions are, am I just over sensitive? - should I feel really bad if I don't reply to comments? Do you reply to your comments? 

Personally, I just think it's polite, or am I over thinking it? It's only a comment after all haha..



Either way, let me know, do you reply to your comments? Does it bother you if people don't reply to yours? 





Sophxo



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Monday, 12 October 2015

Life Update.




I very rarely sit down and just type whats on my mind. I always write posts in advance, most of the time when I'm being a good blogger.. So doing this will be quite a nice change, although quite
strange too no doubt. 


I think the reason I never do this is because my life isn't very interesting haha - I literally work, work to live or live to work, you tell me. My life seems to revolve around work, although I'm not complaining because not everyone is lucky enough to have a full time job which pays well enough. So I can honestly say, on a normal day, I don't really have much to tell you, other than I might have been pooed on today, yep, just said that, or the highlight of my day might have been finishing work and spending the evening in my bed, told you I had a really exciting life, I mean who wouldn't be jealous right now. 

But the last 2 weeks have actually been pretty good to me, I've just came back to mums after house sitting for my dad for 2 weeks. I surprisingly really enjoyed having my own independence, even silly things like doing my own washing, cleaning, is that weird? probably, but I liked having to do things for myself, pretending I had my own house haha. Matt (the boyf) stayed with me, and I can honestly say he didn't piss me off once - if he reads this he will instantly think I'm lying, because I moaned constantly about how bleddy lazy he was. I mean seriously how many times does it take for a bloke to bring out his dirty dishes for you to wash up? and do they ever do the washing up without being asked? I think Matt should answer that one haha. It definitely tested our relationship, and I think we could both agree that we genuinely had a really nice time living together, so the future is looking positive for whatever is to come within the next couple of years. 

I also spent the majority of my time at work for those 2 weeks, surprise. But this was doing my first aid training, and it was so interesting! I spent 4 evenings staying on after work, learning about CPR, illnesses, bandages etc, and I can now proudly say I am fully qualified in Paediatric First Aid. *claps self*

Last week I finally bought a Macbook! I say finally, because id been debating it for a while, not because I didn't think I wanted one, but because I hate parting with so much money, £1000 is a lot of money for a laptop - literally just a laptop. I could go on holiday for that money. But I stopped being so stingy and bought one, I rarely buy things for myself so this didn't really do too much damage - I have enough to get me through until payday, just!

Looking forward, It's my birthday soon! 25th October. I'm genuinely not excited.. usually I look forward to it, but Im not really doing anything this year, Matt and me were going to have a night away somewhere, but Matts so indecisive so that isn't happening now. I think I'm spending time with my family on my actual birthday, and having the next day off just for the sake of it now haha. Being 20 is pretty weird, I don't feel like a soon to be 20 year old.

So before you fall asleep, I shall leave it there - I actually really liked writing about what's on my mind, and I hope you liked having a little update about how shite my life is haha!




Lots of Love,
Sophxo



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Sunday, 11 October 2015

5 Instagram Accounts I've Been Loving.


Instagram has quickly became my favourite social media platform, I'm always on it.. it's a bit of an addiction haha! Today I wanted to share another 5 accounts with you; they're beauts so make sure you  give them a follow, and as always, you can find my account here;






A firm favourite, her account is really bright and colourful, everything I'm aiming for mine to be - but she's doing a much better job at it haha. I'm completely envious of her Instagram and her blog, if she could take over all of my accounts that would be wonderful haha. Em is always liking and commenting on my pictures, which is just lovely of her, and I'm always doing the same back. As i type this she has just liked one of mine haha, we're in sync Em! Her account is just beauuuuutiful, so I think you best get following her!
You can find Em's blog here.



I don't think I've written a post recently which doesn't feature Abiee in some way?! She's my all time favourite, blogger, instagrammer, yep i definitely just used that word, and internet friend. As I'm sure you've probably gathered by now. She's recently been to France so you can imagine how pretty her account is looking at the minute. I'm pretty sure I've liked every photo of hers, slowly beginning to look like a stalker..  But honestly she's great. Out of everyone that I've featured in todays post, Abiee is the only one who is unfortunate enough to also see my bad side, via my snapchat ahah. Life isn't always as it seems on Insta guys! I love how she doesn't care though..  - need to meet you one day dear, I'm sure we'd get along famously! 
You can find Abiee's blog here.



Again, another account which I'm very envious of, this one consists of brightly coloured photos - most of which are of products, and I'm definitely not complaining about this as recently she reminded me that I needed to try the new Barry M Daylight Curing nail varnishes, so I bought 4. Maybe not so good for those of us that don't like to spend our money haha, but either way the photos are really pretty - as is she!
You can find Caroline's blog here.



Firstly, a massive thank you to Jade, because she is always popping up on my feed and liking my photos - which is lovely of her, and I always find myself doing the same back. She's also a lover of Lush and Disney which is always a bonus haha. I'm slightly obsessed with both.  She makes literally everything photo worthy, and pretty along with it. I have no idea how she does it, when I take a photo of my Starbucks it looks terrible?! Educate me please Jade haha. Again, thank you for being so lovely Jade xo



Ok so how adorable is that dog?! So effing cute.
Before following Mandy's Instagram, I was addicted to her blog, in awe of her photography skills, and how pretty her pictures looked. I then discovered she had Instagram, which has resulted in me not only commenting on pretty much all of her blog posts, but liking a vast amount of her photos on Instagram.. again, looking like a top stalker haha. She just posts the prettiest photos, and I'm so jealous aha. I always keep an eye out for her pictures, they're always so lovely. :) 
You can find Mandy's blog here.




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Thursday, 8 October 2015

Get To Know Sophie Jade.


It's been a while since I've sat down and wrote a more personal post, so today shall be the day :)
As I sit with my cup of tea watching the Xtra Factor.. I'm loving the 6 chair challenge at the minute, brutal, but so good! 

Anyway, number 1;

Do you have a middle name?
I do! It's Jade, hence the blog name Sophie Jade.

2. What was your favourite subject in school?
Probably art, I don't know if I was that good at it but y'know, I quite liked it. At it beginning I thought it would be an easy option, but it was actually pretty difficult! 

3. Whats your favourite drink?
Dr Pepper, there was a time when I was pretty addicted to it, I've cut down now though, it can't have been good for me.. but now I would say tea, I lose count of the amount of cups I have a day.

4. Whats your favourite song at the moment?
I have 2 favourite songs at the minute, Diplo & Sleepy Tom - Be Right There. and Zara Larsson & MNEK - Never Forget You.

5. What would you name your children?
I love the name Charlie for a boy, and I've always liked Marissa for a girl, but Matt doesn't like it, I think he likes Maia but I'm not so sure on that one! We've both agreed on Charlie though.

6. Do you participate in any sports?
I would love to say I do, but definitely not haha.

7. Whats your favourite book?
I don't read as much as I should, the only books I read now a days are children's stories at work haha. But I read Fault In Our Stars a little while ago. So probably that! 

8. Whats your favourite colour?
Orange! The brighter the better.

9. Whats your favourite animal?
I must be so boring because I don't really have a favourite? I mean I really love dogs, but I love cats too? haha.

10. Whats your favourite perfume?
My all time favourite, which people have actually said is my signature scent because I used to wear it so much, is Alien. It's running out though so I definitely need to repurchase! 

11. Whats your favourite holiday?
Christmas. No hesitation, Christmas.

12. Have you graduated from High School?
I left school in 2012, so yes! :)

13. Have you been out of the country?
I'm really lucky, Ive been on too many holidays to even remember. My dad especially, used to work to save all of his money for us to be able to go abroad, and I'm so thankful, because I know how hard it is to work and save for something so expensive. 

14. Do you speak any other languages?
I did french at GCSE, so I can speak the language, but not fluent. I think if I was stranded in France, I would be alright haha.

15. Do you have any siblings? 
I have an older sister, Kelly, she's 23. 

16. What's your favourite store?
I absolutely love IKEA, and The Range, and basically anything homeware.

17. Whats your favourite restaurant? 
A million percent NANDOSSSS! writing this is making me want a Nandos! 

18. Do you like school?
I hated school, I loved seeing friends, but it was all too bitchy, I hated the lessons, it just wasn't for me at all.

19. Who are some of your favourite Youtubers?
Fabulous Hannah, Zoella, her little crew, haha, too many to tell you really!

20. Whats your favourite movie?
I love childrens films, like the grinch, bambi, snow white, I'm such a big kid. Disney is my absolute favourite! 

21. What are some of your favourite TV shows?
Ive recently completed SCREAM on netflix, I know its not a tv show but its amazing! Seriously watch it, it's about a group of teens and their friends get murdered and they are trying to work out who the killer is. it's actually really jumpy, and the fact the killer wears a shit scary mask, good lorddddd I was terrified to walk round my house haha. It's so so so SO good! If you are going to get anything out of this post, just watch this series. Its amazing. could I big it up anymore?!

22. PC or MAC?
I've only recently converted over to MAC, I have an iPhone and and iPad, so I knew I would love the Mac. So definitely Mac.

23. What phone do you have?
An iPhone 6, it's my baby haha! so sad

24. How tall are you? 
5'6 I think!

25. Any pets?
I have a dog, a cocker spaniel, called Misty! Me and Matt also want a tortoise haha, don't ask! Im pretty sure I've persuaded him.. 



Thankyou so much for reading, I love posts like these, 

Sophxo


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Sunday, 4 October 2015

September Instagram Roundup.


It's been a good while since I've done an Instagram update/roundup, I love these posts, as I get to talk about the picture a little more than I would on good old Insta.

Before we get started, you can find my Instagram HERE.


1 - Macbook. 
Possibly my favourite photo of the month purely due to the fact I finally bought myself a Macbook Pro. Id been saving for this for a little while now, I had enough money so I thought I'd bite the bullet and do it, although I had the money, it still hurt parting with it even though I knew I'd be getting myself a Macbook, I'm a very stingy person! haha.

2 - My Dog.
I visited home this week, (mums house), at the minute I'm living at my dads for a bit as he's on holiday, to find my mum had taken my dog to have a haircut, she looks so tiny when she has one, love her hah.

3 - Lipstick.
This photo is from one of my older blog posts, Red Lipstick Obsession. I really do have a red lipstick obsession, everyone seems to think they're all exactly the same, but lipstick lovers like myself will know they most definitely are not! haha.

4 - My Dads Cat.
I have a new found love for this cat, before staying at dads I hated cats, but this one cuddles up to me and Matt every night, and is generally a really silly cat haha. Matt and myself returned from work to find her sat in his bag, because.. well why not, maybe it was really comfy.

5 - Cupcakes.
Again, whilst staying at dads I made these pretty cupcakes, I never usually bake but I had a craving haha, and I'm so proud of my piping skills! :)


6 - Makeup Purchases.
Everything you can see in this box I bought in September, I can't stop buying makeup.. It's a problem..

7 - Gold Magic Perfume.
Another new found love, this smells incredible and I absolutely love it!

8 - Lush Bath.
My house was freeeeezing last month, so baths returned, and I cannot have one without a Lush product of some sort! 

8 - Jord Wood Watch.
Yep.. Still in love with this. It's beautiful. made completely from natural wood, with a rose gold face, what's not to love really?!

9 - RT's Bold Metals Brushes.
Whilst shopping in Cardiff I spotted these and wanted both, initially I decided to only buy the contour brush, but Matt was kind enough to buy the other one for me, he's too lovely to me! I'm very lucky.

10 - Cavachon Puppy.
I wish this was mine, but unfortunately not. However I'm determined to get one, they are adorable, I need one in my life!



And that would be the end of my Instagram roundup, I hope you enjoyed having a nosey through my pictures, make sure you leave your accounts in the comments, because I'm always stalking people on there and liking too many pictures aha!



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Saturday, 3 October 2015

Liebster Award.


This post has been a long time coming, i'm pretty sure Abiee nominated me on the 1st September, i've been insanely busy, so sorry for that! She is an absolute love, please go and check out her blog for me, she really is brilliant. I have to say Abiee is my favourite blogger, so if you get anything from this post, it will be the fact you've found a new found favourite, being her.

now I finally have the chance to do it, so here are the rules;

  • Once nominated, make a post thanking and linking your nominator's blog. 
  • Include the Liebster Award's sticker in the post as well (you can copy it from above). 
  • Nominate other new bloggers that have 200 or less followers who you think are worthy of this award and include their links in your post. Also, make sure that you let them know they've been nominated by commenting on one of their posts. You can nominate the person who nominated you. 
  • Answer the 10 questions asked to you by your nominator (these questions should be on their post). And make 10 questions of your own for your nominees to answer. 
  • Finally, copy these rules onto your post.


Abiee's questions

If you could dress in head to toe in one designer brand what would it be?
- I actually very rarely wear designer clothes, like very very rarely. the only thing you might ever catch me in, is lacoste or fred perry, because i have a lot of their shoes, but honestly i can't say I would really want to wear loads of designer stuff, primark is my bestie haha!

What is your go-to make-up look?
Because I work full time, I don't wear a lot of makeup, I usually wear foundation, concealer, blush, and a powder on a normal day. Not too exciting is it really haha.

How would you describe your style?
I wear a lot of different things actually, one day you'll find me in an oversized cardi, jeans and dolly shoes, the next you'll find me in a dress, I don't really have a certain style as such. I'm really coming across so boring in these questions aha!

Your top 3 favourite films?
- the Lion King
- The Grinch 
- Snow White

What animal would you be and why?
I've always said I wanted to be a cat because they sleep all day haha!

Are you a dog or a cat person?
Dog, i absolutely love dogs. I've had one since I was tiny, she's a cocker spaniel. Although I'm house sitting for my dad at the minute and he has cats, so I'm warming to them!

What are the best and worst things about blogging?
I've gotten to know so many lovely people! If it wasn't for blogging, I wouldn't have known they even existed.  I really enjoy doing what I do, it's my little hobby that i've kept up for what will be 2 years soon I think, that's an achievement for me! I haven't really came across any bad things yet!

What is the most embarrassing thing that has ever happened to you?
I'm so easily embarrassed, so I honestly couldn't tell you!

Are you an introvert or an extrovert?
I'm going to answer this honestly, I am clueless as to what this means! oopsieeee.

What is your biggest future goal?
To have a family, to have my own home, and to be successful & happy in whatever job I'm doing. I have always wanted a family, and that's all I have ever really wanted, not yet though, I can barely look after myself! But the thought of creating a little person that's a part of me, is just incredible and I cannot wait!


I am going to nominate;
Charlotte

And your questions are;
1- Who are the bloggers you look out for to see if they have a new post?
2- What is your biggest hobby besides blogging?
3- What would your most recommended item of makeup be?
4- What are your favourite type of posts to read and why?
5- Where do you see your blog going in the future?
6- What advice would you give to someone who wants to start blogging?
7- What food could you not live without?
8- What are your favourite posts to write and why?
9- What do your friends/family think about your blog? do they 'get it' or are they completely clueless?
10- Why did you start blogging?

I'm looking forward to reading your answers!




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