Thursday, 22 June 2017

My Entire Lipstick Collection.

This morning I decided to take on the task of sorting through my lipsticks. I didn't think I had that many, I mean I have more than your average person at approx 35, but compared to a lot of people this will seem like nothing. I guess we all have something we 'collect' as such, and apparently lipsticks seem to be my thing! So in sorting them all out, I thought this would be a good opportunity to show you the ones I have. 

To pre-warn you, this post is going to be very photo heavy, I won't be going into detail on each shade as I'm sure you can imagine I would be here until next week! I'll be naming the shades from left to right in each photo if you're unsure; & I did begin to do swatches of each shade but my arms just aren't long enough haha. 
Enjoy x

Annoyingly, Ted Baker lipsticks don't seem to have names or numbers!? so unfortunately I can't give you the names of these, but they were purchased in a set from Boots. 

All Fired Up - Flat Out Fabulous - Relentlessly Red - Morange - Diva

 - Pink Plaid - Mehr - Cremecup - 

- Sakura - Pomelo Juice -

- Pink In The Afternoon - 

- 01 - 03 - 111 - 

- RioRio - 

- Blakes Pure Red - Naomi's Delicate Rose - 

- Carina's Love - Hot Emily - Tell Laura - Miranda May - Electric Poppy - Hel's Bells - 

- Bosworth's Beauty - Kim KW - Liv It Up - Super Cindy - Kidman's Kiss - Secret Salma - 

Soph xo

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Tuesday, 20 June 2017

Mac Lipstick Newbies | Mehr & Pink Plaid

I know, super late to the party here, but in all fairness my MAC lipstick obsession has only recently returned in full force.. not that I really needed any more anyway!

If you know me well, you'll know I'm very much so a dark lip kind of person, I loveeee dark berry shades, like Diva for example, and bright reds. My new found love of nudes and pinks suddenly came about when I fell in love with Creme Cup from MAC a few years ago, ever since then Ive never looked back, and here I am, with a slightly larger collection than your average person. 

Whilst shopping in town yesterday for gifts for 2 of my close pals, I accidentally stumbled into MAC and purchased 2 new lipsticks.. for myself. This always happens when I plan not to spend money on myself, of course. 

Initially I umm'd and ahh'd over Velvet Teddy, this was what I actually went in searching for, but seeing it in the tube (I know, shouldn't judge a shade without putting it on) it seemed a little darker than i'd imagined. Right next to it I spotted Mehr, which had me sold completely as it's the perfect bluey pink shade. I try to go for pinks that are slightly darker as I find really pale pinks wash me out- so Mehr seemed like the perfect option, and being a Matte finish too I feel like it's now going to be my go to lipstick for everyday wear. 

Whilst walking to the till to pay was when I spotted Pink Plaid. Sigh. It's like it was calling my name haha. Like Mehr, it's described as being a blue toned pink, both shades are quite similar actually but I find Pink Plaid to be that little bit brighter. Im slightly worried that it might wash me out a little, I'm sure it will look fab on lighter skin tones, but I'm naturally quite tanned so I'm curious to see if it'll look silly.. ill be sure to report back with that one! Again, like Mehr, Pink Plaid is also a matte finish, I sense a slight pattern here..

Im constantly on the lookout for nudes/pink shades that would compliment a slightly tanned skin tone, so if you have any staples please do let me know as I'll no doubt pick them out, but at £16.50 per tube it could take me a little while maybe..

Soph x

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Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Strawberry Picking at Chosen Hill Farm

This post is my childhood in a nutshell and more. 
I remember being quite young when I first went strawberry picking with my Dad, Nan and Granddad. It was something we would do as a little family every year, at the same place, Chosen Hill Farm. A cute little family run farm just next to Chew Valley Lake, it hasn't changed since the first time I visited.

My friend Mac and me took it upon ourselves to pick our own Strawberries this afternoon, it was so lovely. Picking your own fruit is something of a rarity nowadays, pick your own farms are very few and far between now which is pretty sad, theres nothing like picking your own fruit to take home for tea. It was so nice seeing so many elderly individuals and couples out picking their own fruit, how sweet is the photo I took of the man we saw picking his? Honestly melts my heart. 

I think we did quite well considering I'm now 8 months pregnant, I mean we didn't do that much bending because at Chosen Hill they grow the majority of their strawberries on tables which is handy for me- I'm currently struggling to move let alone bend! Although if you do prefer the old-fashioned way, they do still have ground strawberries, which were actually in better condition surprisingly!

I had such a lovely afternoon, on the hottest day of the year so far. 

Soph, x

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Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Life Lately | A Breech Baby?!

If like me, you've heard of the word 'breech' before, but actually have no clue what it means; then just to clarify, it means baby is feet first. Essentially 'the wrong way round'. Not ideal. But we'll get to that in a bit..

Generally, life is going pretty well! Ive kind of been, I guess, making the most of not having a child?! Does that sound a bit harsh? haha.. Ive done more than I ever have done with my life these past few weeks, I spend most evenings with friends, out for food, day trips to Weston for cream tea's, I had a lovely weekend away in Cheddar Woods which was so lovely. I spent a lot of time relaxing whilst dipping my feet into the hottub because annoyingly, if you're pregnant you're not allowed in! Sigh. I had my baby shower, I moved house, all whilst planning and preparing myself for the new arrival. 

I had another check up at my local hospital Friday just gone, about 2 weeks ago I was called in for 'an emergency appointment' because I was measuring 5cm too small for how far gone I was. Turns out all was well, but they discovered baby was breech. Now I've heard this term before, and judging by the look on the ladies face it didn't seem like she was overly pleased, I mean, she was like "WUHAYYYY babies breech!". So yeah, baby is basically the wrong bloody way wrong. Just my luck. So I had another check up Friday just gone to see if he'd turned, nope, course he hasn't. He has 2 weeks left to shimmy around in there, if he doesn't, then it's full steam ahead to prepare for a caesarean. 

Didn't think that would be something I'd have to prepare for, or even want to prepare for. But in my head, that's whats going to be happening. Id rather prepare for the worst and be fully comfortable with it, rather than hoping he will turn and not feel as prepared mentally if he doesn't turn, does that make sense? I dunno. We shall see what happens. 

My dads Birthday gift!

I got really bored with my hair. Im so bad with chopping and changing it, that I randomly rang my hairdressers and said I wanted to go lighter and I got an appointment the same day. I absolutely love it! It adds so much more texture to my hair, I'm thinking of going lighter again, but at £90 a time, I might hold back for a little while.. 

Ive been trying to sort through all the baby shower gifts and just general bits this week, failing already. Baby has so many clothes, more than me, and he isn't even here yet?! 

I have SO MANY baby grows- at my baby shower, pictured in the photo of Han and Tom in the photo above, everyone decorated their own baby grow for baby Dera, so that's over 20 of the things already, not counting what everyone bought me. Definitely need to head into Bristol and buy even more storage.. a sure sign of things to come, I'm sure. 

Im going to try really hard to keep my blog a place where I actually pop regular updates on, although I'm not sure how easy this will be with a newborn! How scary, but I'm so so excited! 

Soph xo
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Monday, 12 June 2017

Charlotte Tilbury Kidman's Kiss Lipstick | Worth The Splurge?

If you have followed my blog for a while now, you will know I am absolutely in love with Charlotte Tilbury lipsticks. 

I've raved about how brilliant they are for a pretty long time now, but the price tag? Not so brilliant. Just one of these lipsticks would set you back £24.00. That's an awful lot of money for just one lipstick, when I could happily spend £5 on a decent drugstore lipstick that gives the same sort of effect. 

The shade I've been loving recently is called Kidman's Kiss, it's been my go to throughout May when I want a pop of colour on my lips that isn't too drastic or in your face. 

Kidman's Kiss, which is named after the gorgeous Nicole Kidman, is described as being a "rose petal pink matte lipstick", anything that's named rose petal pink instantly draws me in, I'm a sucker for pretty pink products! It's the most perfect shade of pink for my skin tone, I find it quite tricky wearing pale pinks as my skin tone kind of makes it seem as if I've just slapped a load of foundation on my lips.. not really the look I'm going for. However this shade being a touch darker than my usual pink lipsticks instantly stops that and complements it well. What's also pretty fab is that Charlotte Tilbury doesn't just show product photos on her website, but also has an array of images of girls with different skin tones, all wearing the same shade of lipstick. How handy is that? 

Just to look at, I am completely obsessed with the lipstick, the rose gold packaging, the pretty detailing on the stick itself, it's so effortlessly beautiful - you wouldn't believe how long it's taken me to ruin the 'perfection' of it. Even the shape of the lipstick makes it so much easier to apply than any other brand I own, with the sharp edges I find no need to use a lipliner, of course the option is still there, but I haven't found the need to. 

Is it really worth the splurge?!
Honestly, yes. The quality is like nothing else I've ever tried, being a matte lipstick you would assume that it would be drying, it's really, really not. Quite the opposite in fact, it applies so smoothly, doesn't drag at all, and is super creamy. If you can look past the price tag, and focus on the incredible quality, and beauty of it, I would 100% recommend the splurge. Or if anything else, it looks gorgeous on your dressing table!

Soph xo
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Wednesday, 7 June 2017

5 Things I've Learned Living Without Parents

I moved out of my family home recently, and I won't lie, the novelty has now worn off & I've slowly started to realise how much harder life is when you don't have people to constantly fall back on.

1 - Its bloody difficult managing your own life. 
I don't mean like, looking after myself, I mean managing appointments, keeping on track with the things I should be doing. When I lived at home with mum, she was always there as a back up to remind me of certain hospital appointments I might have, or to remind me of things that needed doing. Whereas now, I have to fully rely on myself being super organised and keeping on track of my own business- which, for someone who is terribly unorganised, is rather tricky. 

2 - You now have to greet those unexpected visitors.
I remember when I lived with mum and someone would pop over for a quick visit, lovely, no problem, Id hear them come in and I would quickly change if I needed to and pop downstairs when I was ready. Now, nah. That's out of the window. It's now me that answers the door to those unexpected guests, hair up in a messy bun, no makeup, joggers on, that "I've literally just rolled out of bed" look. No avoiding it, full on slob. Oh and don't forget that you have to make sure the house is ALWAYS a least semi presentable just incase anyone does decide to turn up unexpectedly. 

3 - Tidying up after yourself because no one else will. 
That crisp packet you left on the side in the living room last night, that used cup on the table, will definitely still be there when you wake up in the morning. As much as i'd like to think I'm really brill at tidying up after myself, sometimes I'm just not. when I lived at home I wouldn't really notice those 'sometimes' because mum would dart about after me. Now I don't live with her, it's just shown me how lazy I really can be. Oopsie.

4 - Bills bills bills. 
So many bills. So little time. When did I become old enough to mange my own finances? What money goes where and when do I have to pay the council tax?! All things I have to manage by myself now. 

5 - Cooking is fun to begin with.. note the, 'to begin with'
Even just coming up with ideas is a huge pain in the ass. I was even looking forward to this when I first moved out, am I an idiot?? The thought of cooking your own meals and being super independent seems like a fun idea at first, that is until you realise you need actual food to cook with and that costs money, a lot of money. Do you know how frustrating it is buying all this food to cook a meal in say, 30 minutes, for it to be wolfed down in 2 seconds? Sigh. Gone are the days of coming home to a cooked meal every day.

Living without parents around you can be fab don't get me wrong, the sense of independence etc.. but I honestly regret not appreciating how easy life was when I did.

Soph xo

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Tuesday, 6 June 2017

MAC Lipstick Collection

I don't know about you, but there's just something really satisfying about buying a new lipstick. I won't lie, it takes me a good few weeks to actually ruin the 'perfection' of a new lipstick, but once I do i'll be wearing that certain shade daily.

MAC has been a brand that I've loved for quite a long time actually, initially it was the vast amount of different colours that drew me in, well that and the packaging. I just think the black and silver go really well together, and looks quite expensive. But now after repurchasing them for a few years, it's the quality that keeps bringing me back. I recently repurchased another tube of MAC'S Creme Cup, I want to say its the third tube?! That must tell you how much I love the shade and how well it lasts on. Don't get me wrong, I absolutely loved my drug store lipsticks too- but there's nothing like purchasing a new one from MAC.

I don't have the biggest collection, in fact, it used to be a lot bigger. Truth is I have over 60 lipsticks from different brands at the moment (yep, I know, extreme) so I'm trying to not buy any more. However the shades I do have from MAC are my absolute favourites, so I thought I would share them with you, and how I store them.

Back Row - Relentlessly Red - Diva - Flat out Fabulous 
Front Row - All Fired Up - Morange - Cremecup 

Relentlessly Red - Retro Matte
I love this one, especially in the summer months. It's perfect on a night out as it just doesn't budge from your lips. 

Diva - Matte 
I won't lie, if this shade wasn't a matte I definitely wouldn't love it as much as I do. It's so easy to apply because it just doesn't bleed, being a darker colour that's something you definitely don't want. This shade often comes out in the colder months but I have been known to wear this through the summer in the evenings too. The only downside is it can be a little drying if you aren't prepared before hand (wearing a lip balm!)

Flat out Fabulous - Retro Matte
One of my most daring shades, a bright purple. This is the second tube I've repurchased because I love it so much, although saying that I do find it really hard to match with outfits so I don't wear it as much as I should do. First world problems haha.. I haven't actually touched this colour since I bought it around 3 months ago, hopefully i'll make use of it this summer. 

All Fired Up - Retro Matte 
This one is really similar in photos to Relentlessly Red but if you're a true lipstick lover you'll be able to tell that it's slightly darker. Matt laughs at me for saying that because he can't tell the difference, but if you know you know right?! 

Morange - Amplified 
My all time favourite holiday shade. I wore this every single evening when I went to Mexico as this shade looks incredible with a tan. I do love me an orange lipstick, and Morange is probably my favourite. Again, it's build-able, so if you're not keen on sporting a bright orange lip it'll still work well for you. 

Cremecup - Cremesheen
If you're new to MAC or lipsticks in general then I'd say Cremecup is the perfect beginners shade, it suits pretty much every skin tone, and is the most perfect pale pink shade. Being naturally tanned (ish) I thought this would look like I'd put foundation over my lips, (remember that trend?!) but it doesn't thank the lord, it's one of my fave nudes; I reach for this shade when I want a more subtle every day look. & this is actually my 4th tube!

You can probably tell I do love my bright bold colours, I never used to be this brave.. In fact I used to be the kind of person that only used to wear a lip balm. Now look at me, owning bright orange's and reds haha. The good thing with these is that they're build-able, so even if you aren't that confident with wearing such a bright colour, you can still get away with wearing them.

Storage wise, I keep the lipsticks in a acrylic lipstick holder, I think I bought mine from Tiger around 2 years for £4 each, they still have them and they're the cheapest ones I've found. Ive had mine for a while now and they're still going strong! I wouldn't store them any other way because, well whats the point of buying nice lipsticks if you can't have them on display on your dressing table, right?!

Soph xo

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Monday, 5 June 2017

The Most ADORABLE Baby Shower Gifts

Yesterday was the day of my little mans baby shower! It was absolutely adorable, from the decorations, to the cakes. We received so many gorgeous gifts that it just didn't seem right to not include a few of them in a blog post. 

My living room is currently jam packed with gorgeous baby blue presents, I am completely overwhelmed with the huge amount and truly grateful to my friends and family for being so kind. I had a lovely afternoon spent with those closest to me, here are a select few of the gorgeous gifts baby Dera received; 

How gorgeous are these cupcakes?! The lovely Cath made these little beauties for me, she's very bloody talented & I'm struggling to bring myself to actually eat one- they're too pretty! Visit Caths Facebook page to drool over her amazing creations; Cakes By Catherine

Anything Disney themed is an absolute winner to me; how cute is this Winnie the Pooh baby grow?!

"Together we can fly anywhere"

The prettiest little teapot, cup and saucer. My friend Nin gave this to me, she knows I have a slight obsession with tea haha. This will look so lovely on my kitchen worktop.

I was so emotional throughout the afternoon, surrounded by my closest pals and family, hormones galore as I'm sure you can imagine haha! It was so super lovely seeing Hannah, thank you to you and Tom for making the mammoth journey down to me to celebrate all things baby related, it meant an awful lot. 

Now for the arrival of baby Dera, it's now that I should probably start mentally preparing myself to birth a child.. eek!

Soph xo

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