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9 Things To Do As A Valentine’s Singleton

In the past, I’ve been on nights out with couples and ended up with people I’ve never met before shouting  “THIRD WHEELING!!” in my face.  I’m at that point in life when all your friends have been in relationships for 4584452 years and are starting to think about settling down.…

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14 Alternative Valentine’s Dates

Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and as I am a complete expert on love and relationships (NOT. Please note the extreme sarcasm in that sentence…) I have devised a list of 14 alternative ways you and your significant other can spend the day. I mean, a romantic candle lit dinner at your local Italian is a bit cliché don’t ya think!?

14 Alternative Valentine's Dates

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1. Drive-in cinema. If you are lucky enough to live near a drive-in cinema, there isn’t a time more perfect than Valentine’s Day to visit. Fellow Northerners, try Route 66 Drive-In.

2. Cook dinner together. Save money and avoid all the crowds of restaurants this Valentine’s and create your favourite meal at home. Fun, and more satisfying.

3. Watch the sunset. Drive/walk to your favourite spot and watch the sun go down with your bae. Romantic and memorable. Top marks if you live near the beach.

4. Look through old photos. Nostalgic, how cute.

5. Make heart-shaped pizza. I am pretty sure pizza is the number one way to anyone’s heart.

6. Lay under the stars. Sounds like something out of the movies. Weather depending, obvs. So basically no chance UK squad!

7. Play mini-golf. Mini golf is a lot of fun and pretty inexpensive. Get that competitive streak going.

8. Plan a getaway. You may want to celebrate V day on the cheap, but planning a getaway for you and your favourite human for in the future is exciting and you’ll have something to look forward to. A night away in a town an hour’s drive away or 2 weeks in the Caribbean, whatever you can afford.

9. Have a baking day. Heart shaped cookies, red velvet cake. Yum

10. Build a fort. ALL the blankets, cushions and fairy lights. You’ll feel like Cameron Diaz and Jude Law in the The Holiday.

11. Have your own cocktail masterclass. Shaken or stirred?

12. Go to a theme park. Go on all the rides and win a teddy on hook-a-duck, perfect day.

13. Recreate your first date. It’ll get you thinking about when you first met, how it was love at first sight and that moment when you just knew they were the one…

14. Netflix and chill. Oi oi.

 

What are your plans for Valentine’s weekend?

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New Year’s Resolutions vs Bucket Lists

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We’re at the end of the first month of 2016! (!?!) It has been the longest month ever yet it has flown by. I know what I mean, anyway.

Now, I have suddenly become all motivated over the past few weeks and I was thinking about what I would like to achieve long term in life.

I’ve been thinking about New Year’s Resolutions and the pressure we feel every year to stick to them, not to mention the resolutions we make are usually a negative perception of ourselves; weight loss is a common theme and if we break our promises with those leftover Quality Street and a share bag of Doritos, we beat ourselves up about it.

Rather than setting ourselves up for failure by giving a time limit to achieve our desired goals, maybe it is better off to scrap the resolutions all together and focus more on a bucket list.

Bucket lists are more realistic in the sense that we don’t have 12 months to “better ourselves”. We don’t get annoyed at ourselves for breaking that diet or whatever your goal may be, come January 15th.

Bucket lists allow more flexibility with budgets, dreams and desires. You want to road trip around Europe to find yourself? Save up. Start your own business? Work towards it, go back to college, apply for uni. You can do it.

I don’t take back my New Year’s Resolutions for 2016 as they are definitely things I would like to achieve by this time next year, but if I don’t, I ain’t gonna sweat it.

We tend to be too hard on ourselves and there are already enough pressures in the world that we don’t need to have a negative outlook just because it’s the end of January, we didn’t lose the extra Christmas weight and we’re never going to get perfectly chiseled 6 pack abs for Majorca ’16. Instead of feeling down about it, think about your long-term aspirations and how you can make those work, whether it be within the next 3 weeks or 3 years.

Get on good old Pinterest (you can find mine here) and create a board for your goals. Or go old school, get yourself a cork board, cut up some magazines and go crazy.

You don’t have to feel like you’ve failed because you haven’t done everything you wish to do in 12 months.Things take time.

 

Patience is a virtue and all that.

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10 Ways to Improve a Bad Day

 

We’ve all been there. You wake up and instantly cannot wait to get home from another day at the office. The dark mornings seemingly make that 6:30am get up even more unbearable. You’re already off to a bad start and just know it’s going to be one of those days.

Well, my friends, I am here to give you some words of wisdom on this fine Tuesday afternoon.

Here are my 10 ways to improve a bad day and to help you turn that frown upside down!

10 Ways to Improve a Bad Day

1.       Read a motivational book. You’ll feel inspired to go and chase those dreams!! I recommend #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso.

 

2.       Blog. Write things down, channel your creativity. Write your schedule for the next few weeks. We’re all blogging because we enjoy it, so doing something you love will instantly boost your mood.

 

3.       Fluffy Socks. I LOVE a good pair of fluffy socks from Primark. They come in loads of different colours and are so comfy. If you don’t own any, I highly suggest purchasing a pair next time you’re out. And this is Primark we’re talking about. Hello, 2 pairs for £2. Winner winner.

 

4.       Make yourself a cup of tea. None of that green tea malarkey, a proper cup of Tetley’s. Tea solves everything, known fact.

 

5.       Rewatch your favourite series/movie. When you’ve brewed up, stick on Netflix and you’ll be smiling to yourself throughout.

 

6.       Listen to music. Make a feel-good playlist full of your favs for a down day.

 

7.       Change your bed. Nothing feels better than climbing into fresh, cold bed sheets after a long day.

 

8.       Feel LUSH. Treat yourself to that bath bomb you’ve been eyeing up for weeks. Run a bath, light some candles, throw in your new bath bomb and stick on a fresh face mask. Perfect.

 

9.       Magic Stars. Best chocolate ever. Don’t even try to argue with me on this one.

 

10.   Spend time with someone you love. Last but not least, whether it be your family, boyfriend/girlfriend or even a friend; spending time around the people you care about the most is one of the best things you can do.

 

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Urban Decay Naked 1 Palette

Hi Everyone!

I’m not a regular wearer of eyeshadow by all means. On a daily basis for work etc I tend to just wear mascara and a little inner corner highlight on my eyes. However, when I’m going out for an occasion or on a night out, I do like a good ol’ dramatic eye look.

My collection is small, but it’s also my pride and joy. I only own 4 palettes (Nude Tude by The Balm, Naked 1, Naked Smokey and UD Vice 3 if you’re interested) but they do the trick and I can’t see myself investing in any new shadows unless I absolutely 100% fell in love with one.

So, I have decided to share with you my favourite palette of all time. I go back to this palette regularly and tend to stick with what I know, but I’m hoping I’ll get brave enough to experiment a bit more with different looks.

NAKED BY URBAN DECAY

 

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A classic from Urban Decay, the Naked palette was the first high-end makeup products I ever received (Christmas 2014 if you’re wondering, I’m only a newbie to this makeup game; I didn’t start to wear foundation until I turned 18 but that’s a story for another day.)

It’s sturdy packaging and magnetic case proves it can handle living in a handbag. The amount of times it’s been to and from in my bag is unbelievable, it may as well live in there permanently. So straight away, there’s a big thumbs up for UD.

With 12 shades, from neutral mattes to shimmer and sparkle, there’s a shade for everyone.

I usually apply my eye shadow before the rest of my makeup to ensure any fallout can be wiped away and doesn’t ruin my foundation/concealer. I find the fallout from Naked is minimal, with only the darker colours leaving any mess. But, it’s easily dusted away with a brush or  a face wipe. Each shadow is extremely pigmented and I find that I don’t need to build up the colours.

My go-to combo with this palette is sidecar, buck, hustle and half-baked. But on occasion I have been known to use whatever shades I feel like and hope for the best. I am in no way an eye shadow expert. Nevertheless, if you would be interested in seeing my go-to look for a night out etc, let me know and I’ll be happy to write a post on it.

Some people don’t like the brush the palette comes with, but I really like it and thinks it works a treat. But, like I said, I don’t have much knowledge on these things but it works for me!

Retailing at £38, the palette is more on the pricey side of things, but the quality of the product as a whole makes the price worth it. You can create so many different looks from just 12 shades, from neutral everyday to a dramatic smokey eye, there’s a lot you can do.

I have a lot of love for Urban Decay and their products and they are definitely in my top 3 high-end makeup brands.

Which is your favourite palette from the Urban Decay Naked collection?

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